Brownscombe Tabernacle, the ultimate romantic retreat!
The view towards Brownscombe Valley which can be enjoyed from inside, outside or in the hot tub!
The ultra comfortable king-size bed with gorgeous linens and deep mattress also looks straight out towards Brownscombe Valley.
Compact but exquisitely furnished and equipped.
The little wood-burner will keep you toasty on cooler nights.
A gorgeous sweet little kitchen-area.
Your own en suite wet-room with wash-basin and proper flushing toilet and fabulous luxury soaps provided for your use.
The en suite wet-room.
Pretty china, the Tabernacle is fully equipped with everything you will need.
The Dutch casserole can be used if you want to cook up something delicious on top of the wood-burner.
Reclaimed stained glass windows are just a few of the beautiful details you will find in the Tabernacle.
The stunning wallpaper is another of
 the many extravagant finishing touches to this 
idyllic romantic retreat.
The beautiful Brownscombe Tabernacle with its own wood-fired hot tub!
Relax on the deck and enjoy the stunning views or light the fire-pit and cook up a barbecue for a sunset supper.
A fabulous spot all day long!
The wood-fired hot tub.
It has to be done, champagne in the hot tub anyone?!
Looking down from the top of the field – which you are welcome to wander and enjoy.
Brownscombe Tabernacle really is a unique holiday retreat.
Little House on the Prairie, no its Brownscombe Tabernacle!
Six steps lead up to the gorgeous Tabernacle.
Looking down towards Brownscombe Tabernacle with Brownscombe Luxury Glamping Safari Tents in the meadow across the field in the distance.
Set facing Brownscombe Valley, Brownscombe Tabernacle is a unique holiday experience.

Brownscombe Tabernacle

2907

4.7 miles NE of Totnes / Sleeps 2 + cot* (no children from 1 to 15)

7 Nights from £552 - £795

Nearest pub

Church House Inn (1 mile)

A Grade II-listed pub with a good reputation for food. A choice of dining areas, including the old village bakery (complete with original bread oven), the old cobblers or the converted hayloft. In 2012 the pub received the accolade of Devon Dining Pub of the Year by the Good Pub Guide.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2011

Church House Inn, Marldon. Village pub with amazing food using lots of local ingredients. Always reliable with very friendly staff. Dogs welcome in Bar area or beautiful beer garden. Open every day for food and of course great beer and wine.

Nearest beach

Hollicombe Beach (3 miles)

High red sandstone cliffs shelter this beach making it a real suntrap and good escape from the bustle of Torquay. However, the soft sandstone cliffs can be unstable, so the beach is sometimes closed due to landslips.

Nearest walk

Occombe Farm (1 ½ miles)

A working farm on the edge of Paignton with an award-winning farm shop and cafe and lots of events for the family. Work up an appetitie with a walk along the nature trail. Entry is free, but money raised goes to looking after other Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust sites.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Beaven January 2017

Great Farm Shop

I called into Occombe Farm shop at the start of a weeks Christmas break in Paington to buy some meat for the week. The shop sells all sorts of foodstuff, including vegetables and local cheese, but includes a butchery at the rear. This has an array of sausages, bacon, and various cuts of meat.The Christmas turkeys and chickens had to be pre-ordered but the butcher cut me a joint of gammon to my requirements. It was one of the best tasting gammom joints I have ever had, as were the sausages and thick slices of bacon. Well worth stocking up on meat from. I believe that the butchery is run by Gribbles who have a couple of other shops in Devon.
The shop has a cafe above it.

Nearest town

Paignton (3 miles)

Families have been flocking to Paignton for generations to enjoy a traditional English seaside resort. Much loved by the Victorians, the pleasures of Paignton have changed little – sand castle building, picnics on the beach and a dip in the sea. Paignton Zoo has a world-wide reputation for its conservational aims and offers an excellent day out for animal lovers; state-of-the-art enclosures afford the animals greater freedom to exhibit natural behaviour, which in turn makes for an exciting display for visitors.

Also nearby

Greenway (6 ½ miles)

Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Viv Chandler May 2012

Enjoyed by All

A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Quigg November 2011

A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2010

An inspirational place!

This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

'The Loveliest Place in the World'

Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Shaldon (6 ¼ miles)

Shaldon is an unspoilt village situated on the mouth of the river Teign between Torquay and Teignmouth. It has a thriving livelyhood based on the estuary. On a clear day, Portland Bill can even be seen despite being 50 miles away. A pretty village with two churches, a boutique, butcher, coffee shop and many conserved areas for all to enjoy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Barnett September 2016

Shaldon village

Lovely walk with our dog along the estuary into Shaldon village with a few shops/cafes. London Inn pub by the bowling green friendly pub with excellent beer and food (Best to book for Sunday lunch). If you don't like the Hi De Hi type holiday with amusements and cheap trinket shops then this is a place to visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Richardson January 2014

Very English Shaldon

A little hidden gem this village right on the seafront facing Teignmouth on the estuary, nice stylish shops and narrow streets with a bowling green and several nice pubs with good food.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Gilchrist October 2013

Lovely pretty village, with a host of beautiful places to eat and drink. We tried the live music at the Ferryboat Inn, and had a lovely early evening looking out over the harbour from their beer garden. The shops were good quality, though during the off-season (October) I presume they have shorter opening hours (10-4 average) and some appeared closed. Everyone we met was very friendly, and the atmosphere was relaxed and refined.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2012

Fabulous estuary village

Complete with its full range of shops, restaurants/pubs and beachesSo much to see- the village has a great website.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Shaldon village life

Shaldon village hosts a variety of activities throughout the summer. There is a market on the village green in traditional costume every week and the well know water carnival where sand castle competitions and decorated boats abound. The highlight of the year has to be Shaldon Regatta, which takes place around the late summer bank holiday in August where everyone is welcome to enter and regatta boats are available if you don't have your own. Also five-a-side football, beach volleyball, swimming competitions and sandcastle competitions abound. Highly recommended.

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (3 ¼ miles)

Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Jewell September 2014

Steam Train and Cruise

We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Dent July 2012

A very good day out

We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.

Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.

Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.

There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Bramworth June 2011

Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A good day out

You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.

Prickly Ball Farm and Hedgehog Hospital (2 ¾ miles)

Meet the rescued hedgehogs and the rest of the farm animals here - feed the lambs, walk the goats and ride and groom the ponies.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Berry Pomeroy Castle (2 ¾ miles)

Reputedly Devon's most haunted castle, Berry Pomeroy is secreted away in a steep wooded valley. The 15th century ruin still displays a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber. The great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End, however, it was abandoned by 1700 and subsequently became the subject of many a chilling ghost story, some of which can be heard in the audio tour. To get a good view of the ruin from below, take the woodland walk, although this can be steep in parts.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

Lovely secluded setting down a narrow winding one-car-only lane. Very interesting castle history - do take one of the little hand-held recordings round with you. Very good cafe too - had a lovely crab salad.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2008

The ruins are brought to life with personal audio guides. Thoroughly recommended.

- Peter Reynolds

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